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Forum: Drum Technique 12-06-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,499
Posted By MattRitter
Re: leaving the kick beater on the bass head?

Hi, Derek

Obviously, I can't be entirely unbiased here...but on the other hand, no one knows my DVD or my methods better than I do. Since I also have Jojo's DVD, I thought you might be interested...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-01-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,499
Posted By MattRitter
Re: leaving the kick beater on the bass head?

I played for 10 years burying the beater before making the switch to letting the beater rebound. That was a decade and a half ago, and so far, I have not yet stumbled upon any drawbacks to this...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-03-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,713
Posted By MattRitter
Re: How to inspire a new student in 45 minutes

I would agree that it is entirely possible to inspire a student. I've taken lessons with 19 different drum teachers in my life, and I've often been inspired by those teachers. On the other end of the...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-25-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,751
Posted By MattRitter
Re: THE AMBIDEXTROUS THREAD

If Bill said that, then this conversation has suddenly become much more interesting...because Bill is actually LEFT handed by nature.



I guess it is...which is why Bill is such an interesting...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-29-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,483
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Quick doubles on the kick

Hey, Bill!

I just checked out your video and smiled when you mentioned me and my DVD. Thanks, buddy.

Hope you've been well.
Forum: General Discussion 01-15-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 7,752
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Can a mediocre drummer be a good teacher?

Next time you decide to quote somebody's post and take issue with it, I recommend that you start by looking more closely at the post to make sure you have fully understood it first. The "catch...
Forum: General Discussion 01-15-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 7,752
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Can a mediocre drummer be a good teacher?

It's funny how we can latch onto these little catch phrases simply because they're cute or clever, and then we end up spreading them around regardless of their validity. I can't say whether or not...
Forum: General Discussion 01-12-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,458
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Will a new pedal help?

I take it your instructor is the one trying to teach you this particular foot technique? If so, then bring your current pedal to your next lesson. If the instructor can do the technique just fine on...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-28-2013, 05:49 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,249
Posted By MattRitter
Re: AARGH! NOT burying the beaters at slow speeds, impossible??

Here ya go. I actually wrote an entire article about this just recently.

http://www.mattritterbassdrumtechniques.com/

After clicking the link above, just go to "Double Bass" in the main menu....
Forum: Drum Technique 04-30-2013, 06:23 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 806
Posted By MattRitter
Follow-Up Questions About Bass Drum DVD

Hey, everyone!

Since my bass drum technique DVD was released in 2005, many DrummerWorld members have purchased a copy and talked about it or recommended it within the forum. Thank you so much for...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-21-2013, 06:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,507
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Bill Bachman method, clinic video plus grip question

Hey, Bill!

In your statement above, you seem to be saying that drummers who preach against closing the gap are often talking about second finger fulcrum. I hate to say this, but you might actually...
Forum: General Discussion 12-23-2012, 11:01 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 8,698
Posted By MattRitter
Re: YouTube's influence, how realistic?

I think there has always been a wide range of ways in which drummers utilize and present their drumming skills...and it doesn't always involve gigging in the traditional sense.

People who like to...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-21-2012, 06:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,550
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Changes may be coming

It's interesting how much this aspect of fun can vary from person to person. Some people avoid lessons because they just want to "have fun" with drumming. On the other hand, some people actually SIGN...
Forum: General Discussion 11-21-2012, 05:41 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,389
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Am i to old?

26??? You're young! I have a student right now who started lessons with me as a 37-year-old beginner. This person decided they wanted drumming to be a career instead of a hobby, so they found a way...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-19-2012, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,719
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Rolls/Great Hands for a Lifetime/Double-Stroke Specifically...

Check out Bill Bachman's "Rudimental Beats" DVD and/or his "Reefed Beats" DVD. He has the best double stroke roll I've ever seen, and he can play it from extremely slow up to a speed that I didn't...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-16-2012, 07:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,550
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Changes may be coming

Hey, Mary

I understand your frustration. Personally, as a drum teacher myself, I do work on songs with students. I find that many students who learn drumming fundamentals are not automatically...
Forum: General Discussion 10-31-2012, 08:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,146
Posted By MattRitter
Re: design for a bass dampening system

The best muffling system I know is the one made by Gary Chaffee:

http://chaffeemuffler.com/

I think you will find that it can create the effect you're looking for, Jason. You can make the drum...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-10-2012, 04:33 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 7,038
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Self taught or teacher needed?

There's one thing that always seems weird to me about this topic (which comes up again and again on this forum):

Whenever we have a thread about the qualifications of a local drum teacher,...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-20-2012, 09:31 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 12,914
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Whats your opinion on open-handed drumming?

You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed what I wrote.



Brilliant analogy!



Exactly. I myself played crossed for about 15 years, and then started playing open-handed. At that point, I just...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-18-2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 12,914
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Whats your opinion on open-handed drumming?

You're correct that open-handed drumming is not the same as ambidextrous drumming. However, I think there are numerous good reasons why people often associate the 2 with each other:

* One of the...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-15-2012, 05:53 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 12,914
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Whats your opinion on open-handed drumming?

Yeah, I agree that there's no reason to stop the discussion if there's still something for all of us to learn from it. When I said "there's nothing left to debate," I meant that I don't see how we...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-15-2012, 08:21 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 12,914
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Whats your opinion on open-handed drumming?

As I mentioned in my first post, it seems that there's not much left to debate about open-handed drumming. It's already here, and many of the people practicing it ARE feeling a benefit from it. They...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-19-2012, 07:22 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 12,914
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Whats your opinion on open-handed drumming?

This is an interesting topic. We all like to debate whether open-handed drumming is a good idea, a bad idea, helpful, harmful, more convenient, less convenient, a fad, the way of the future, etc....
Forum: Drum Technique 02-08-2012, 02:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,232
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Two Questions

Hey there, Mark

It sounds like you have found a way of playing that works well for you. I don't think it makes sense to change our technique just "in the name of trying to be perfect in everyone...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-07-2012, 07:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,232
Posted By MattRitter
Re: Two Questions

I buried the beater for about 10 years before changing my technique. One of the main problems I had with burying the beater was that it only seemed to work on certain drumsets. The bass drum needed...
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